Australia news August 6, 2013

Clarke rises to second in batsmen rankings

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Clarke has jumped three places to second in the ICC rankings for Test batsmen, following his 187 at Old Trafford against England for which he was also named as the Man of the Match.

Clarke, who had earlier topped the rankings during the 2009 Ashes, is now just 20 ratings points behind South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, whom he can overtake with another strong performance in the fourth Test in Chester-le-Street.

England batsmen Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen have also moved up in the rankings. Bell, who is leading the batting charts in the Ashes with 381 runs, is now placed 10th, while Pietersen's century at Old Trafford helped him jump two places and he is now 14th on the list.

In the bowlers rankings, Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris leaped four places to achieve a career-best ranking of 11th, while Graeme Swann's match figures of six for 233 took him to sixth, ahead of team-mate James Anderson.

South Africa's Dale Steyn continues to head the bowlers' table with teammate Vernon Philander in second place, and Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath in third position.